In November of 2017, Juli Briskman rose to internet infamy after being photographed on her bicycle giving the presidential motorcade the bird. The Virginia woman explained that her vulgar display was prompted by political differences, adding that she performed the action “a number of times.”
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she complained. “I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”
Liberals were quick to celebrate this action, defending it as Freedom of Speech. Conservatives, on the other hand, were not as pleased. It seemed the right would have the last laugh, though, when Briskman was fired from her government contracting job (she was a marketing analyst for federal contractor Akima LLC).
But in a twist that very few were expecting, Briskman was announced to have triumphed over incumbent Virginia Republican Suzanne M. Volpe who represented the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Fox News is reporting that Briskman received 52 percent of the vote after 99 percent of the votes were counted.
“We worked hard to flip his seat and unseat an eight-year incumbent,” read a statement issued by Briskman following her reported victory. “I’m looking forward to working with the new board to make better decisions on schools, intelligent development and gun-sense issues.”
The newly-elected official decided to launch her bid for the seat after revealing to her employers that she was the woman behind the viral photo. With the help of a crowd-funding effort, Briskman attempted to sue her former employers for a violation of her First Amendment rights.
“We have a right to peacefully protest and criticize and express dissent toward our government,” she lamented at the time. “I think the Constitution grants me that privilege.”
Her case was eventually dismissed, which gave rise to her decision to seek public office “because I feel I can more successfully effect [sic] change by serving in local government than by fighting an uphill battle in unfriendly courts.”
Reactions on Twitter were divided right down party lines, with liberals being “proud” of Briskman, and conservatives exhibiting distaste.
— Benjamin Medrano (@realbenmedrano) November 6, 2019
Absolutely LOVE it!
— Thomi Glomski (@thomcollins311) November 6, 2019
?Congratulations @JulieBriskman, women will continue to change the world.#NeverTheLessShePersisted
— The North Wind ? (@NorthWind200) November 6, 2019
Congulations! See you got a better job ? pic.twitter.com/W35ELHkbfX
— About stuff SHOP (@AboutstuffSHOP) November 6, 2019
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) November 6, 2019
— bernadette repisky (@bernadetterepis) November 6, 2019
that’s right kids you too can win a lifetime pension … all you need to do is disrespect the office of the president … it’s that easy!
— Charly Moore the Bloviating #UnusualAmerican (@kryztoph) November 6, 2019
Virginia really seems to be going downhill.. too many slurping off the trough of Massive Government … like public school system,,, Bureaucrats getting rich off We The People… ?no taxation without representation
— Richard Thompson (@STANFORDphotog) November 6, 2019
What a sad statement about a once proud state
— coach-Flowers (@FlowersCoach) November 6, 2019
Really setting a good example for the future generation ?
— Nate ♛ (@NateMelTV) November 6, 2019
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